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Confrontations with the ReaperA Philosophical Study of the Nature and Value of Death$
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Fred Feldman

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195089288

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089288.001.0001

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Life-Functional Theories of Life

Life-Functional Theories of Life

(p.22) 2 Life-Functional Theories of Life
Confrontations with the Reaper

Feldman Fred

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the concept of life and some of the objections that have been raised regarding this concept. One interesting approach towards the concept of life has been made by Aristotle, which is called the life-functional approach. This theory includes a number of functions that are guaranteed to ensure life in a being or a creature: nutrition, sensation, motion, and thought. More modern analyses of this approach are also discussed in this chapter, including the Matthews Approach.

Keywords:   concept of life, Aristotle, life-functional approach, nutrition, sensation, motion, thought, functions, Matthews Approach

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